The Inside Column 2/8

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The Parable of the Two Sons
 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
 “Which of the two did what his father wanted? “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.                    – Matthew 21:28-32

Did you notice how this passage started? Jesus asks: What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

In a world of family businesses and small – holdings, it’s a reasonable enough request. But the son is rude to his father, ‘I will not’ he answers. He may just sound like a typical teenager to us, but in Jesus’ time that sort of rebellion would have been shocking. This is not a good son. But then comes the twist – the boy changes his mind and goes. Then the father went to the other son and says the same thing, he answers, ‘I will sir’. Very politely… he says yes and calls his father sir. But he did not go. Which of the 2 did what his father wanted?

Jesus tells this story in the temple in Jerusalem – the centre of Judaism, It’s the first of three parables directed against the Jewish leaders. His point here is that they are like second son. They make all the right noises, they talk about God, they promise to obey him, but they don’t do anything. The parable is, in essence, a call to action.

This parable says: get on with it! There’s no point just having good intentions, talking about it and sounding holy. Take action! Is there something that God has been speaking to you about that you keep putting off? Is there someone you need to reconcile with, something you need to put right?

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

 

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